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The State of the Union Impact at Home & Abroad and Potential 2016 Republican Candidates Head to Iowa

January 23, 2015
President Obama's State of the Union was met with pushback from the Republican-controlled Congress, but where is there room for compromise on the president's 2015 legislative agenda? Alexis Simendinger and Ed O'Keefe report on the president's proposals for community college and trade as well as the Republican opposition. It was also a busy week abroad, with diplomatic talks in Cuba, upheaval in Yemen and potential Iran sanctions. Michael Crowley reports on how President Obama is firing back at critics of his foreign policy. And the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls are converging in Iowa for the Freedom Summit this weekend. John Dickerson is on the ground to preview the first cattle call for the increasing field of GOP candidates.
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Boehner Invites Another Response to State of Union, From Israel’s Premier

January 22, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The long-running debate over President Obama’s foreign policy centered Wednesday on a speech to Congress — not the one the president just delivered, but one that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel will give in three weeks.
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Talk of Wealth Gap Prods the G.O.P. to Refocus

January 22, 2015
Ashley Parker, Jonathan Weisman | The New York Times
President Obama’s push for a new “middle-class economics” may go nowhere in Congress, but his ambitious array of proposals to raise stagnant incomes and provide more government support for struggling working families will frame his last two years in office and help make the politics of rich and poor a central issue in the campaign to succeed him.
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Shields and Brooks on Obama’s 2015 State of the Union

January 20, 2015
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff to analyze President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address, including his agenda of middle class-friendly economic policies. Then political director Domenico Montanaro offers a breakdown of some of the most commonly used words in the speech.
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Bold Call to Action in Obama’s State of the Union, Even if No Action Is Likely

January 21, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Near the end of his State of the Union address, President Obama noted, “I have no more campaigns to run.” A few Republicans in the audience cheekily applauded. Mr. Obama smiled but then offered an ad-lib retort: “I know,” he jabbed the Republicans, “because I won both of them.”
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A Man in Full

January 21, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
President Obama delivered a strong partisan speech that roiled Republicans even as it sought to win over everyone else.
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Obama Proposes U.S. Spending to Research Personalized Cures

January 21, 2015
Alex Wayne, Caroline Chen, John Lauerman | Bloomberg News
President Barack Obama will urge Congress to spend U.S. taxpayers’ money for research in “precision medicine,” a burgeoning field of care in which treatments are tailored to an individual patient.
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State of the Union, explained

January 20, 2015
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
The Post's Ed O'Keefe details the pomp and circumstance of the most-watched political event of the year: the annual State of the Union address.
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